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Welcome Russians under neutral flag: Winter Games organisers

AFP  |  Seoul 

South Korean organisers of the 2018 said Wednesday they would welcome Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag after Moscow was banned from the Games over its state-orchestrated doping programme.

"We accept and respect the decisions of the Executive Board that may compete under a neutral flag," the Pyeongchang organising committee said in a statement.

"We will work with the and all other relevant stakeholders accordingly to ensure that all the athletes and officials attending the Games as part of this team are given the best experience possible."

The Tuesday banned from the 2018 Winter Games in the toughest sanctions ever levelled by the for drug cheating.

An explosive report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and two subsequent IOC investigations have confirmed that Russian athletes took part in an elaborate drug cheating programme which peaked during the 2014 in Sochi,

Rather than a blanket ban, the IOC chose a more moderate path which offers some Russian athletes a route to compete in the Games.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 16:30 IST